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PlainJane

LRivers (or anyone else who might know)-

My daughter was at MCBS for spring break and really, really enjoyed the classes with Arantxa and Sasha. I understand that they teach PP1 and PP2 classes every week. My question is, are they representative of the quality and style of all the teachers there? 

Also, what is the vibe like with the year round PP1 and PP2 students? Are most of the girls friendly? Is competition among students encouraged? 

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LRivers

Hi!

Yes, all of the teachers during the year are consistent to how Arantxa and Sasha teach. The teachers actually have conferences to discuss different takes on certain steps and styles to make sure they are all teaching things the same way. Most of the girls in PP1 and PP2 are very friendly! We all get along very well, even with the other pre-pro class. There is competition, but I feel like it is healthy competition because we all really want to strive to be our best.

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PlainJane

Thank you LRivers! That's what I was hoping. It seems like a truly wonderful program.

 

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CVan

Has anyone had experience with auditioning by video (for the year-round, pre-professional program), and being asked to come to MCBS for an in-person audition?

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PlainJane

My daughter is all registered and ready to join this program in the fall. She is incredibly excited, and although I have to admit I'm a little apprehensive about her living so far from home, I know it's the right choice for her at this time.

LRivers, or anyone else who has lived in Tradewinds year round- Is there anything you wish you knew before your first year? Anything you would have brought? Or left at home? We would greatly appreciate any words of advice!

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LRivers

Tradewinds does not com with a meal plan, so you will need to make sure you come prepared to cook for yourself! They give you some cooking equipment, but you will need to bring spatulas, whisks, measuring cups, pans, etc... It will probably be easiest to split that between the roommates once you all arrive.

Also, the rooms do not have that much storage space so I would definitely get plastic drawers to store extra clothes and/or things. I definitely overpacked last year, you definitely do not need as many clothes as you think you do! 

You also might want to bring a mattress topper, since the beds are not very comfortable.

This is all I can think of for now, will update if I remember more!

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PlainJane

That is SO helpful- Thank you LRivers!!! If you think of anything else, please do update. 😀

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pdxballetmom

Can anyone tell me if their DD was offered a year round position at any other time than during the Miami SI? Miami does auditions at the end of August or beginning of September. Has anyone gotten an offer to stay year round at that time of auditioning? What about mid year? Are there ever spots available mid year? Is anyone ever asked to stay for year-round after doing the spring break program?

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balletgem

This past audition season my DD was offered year round from the SI audition.  In addition to the SI, and Choreographic weeks. She ended up going to a different program, so did not attend. 

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PlainJane

My DD was offered year round during spring break. She went to another program for the summer, but started at MCBS a few weeks ago and loves it. 

 

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